iPass partners with Panasonic Avionics to bring inflight wi-fi service to 747 additional planes

Jan. 22, 2016
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., 22 Jan. 2016. Officials at iPass Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAS), a provider of global mobile connectivity in Redwood Shores, California, have entered into an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to bring inflight Internet access to iPass customers on 23 international airlines.

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., 22 Jan. 2016. Officials atiPass Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAS), a provider of global mobile connectivity in Redwood Shores, California, have entered into an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to bring inflight Internet access to iPass customers on 23 international airlines.

Under terms of the agreement, iPass will be available on more than 747 Panasonic-equipped aircraft that fly more than 32,000 routes monthly. iPass provides convenient, secure, always-on Wi-Fi connectivity on any mobile device, officials say.

“Inflight Wi-Fi is critical for our business customers, and our partnership with Panasonic extends iPass’ inflight footprint to many of the world’s leading international carriers,” says Patricia Hume, the chief commercial officer of iPass. “Moreover, the partnership supports our strategy to offer iPass everywhere, so that iPass customers can move from airport to airplane to airport and beyond, with one, seamless, Wi-Fi first, Internet experience.”

“We are dedicated to giving our customers a frictionless Internet experience,” affirms David Bruner, vice president of global communications services at Panasonic Avionics. “Our partnership with iPass brings convenient access to Wi-Fi connectivity to our customers through a single service, helping them stay connected when they need it most.”

iPass, which has agreements with several inflight connectivity providers, now offers service onboard more than 2,700 aircraft. With this partnership, the company extends its service to passengers on airlines around the world, including Air Berlin, All Nippon Airways, and WestJet.

iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is offers convenient, secure, always-on Wi-Fi access on any mobile device. Built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, theiPass cloud-based service keeps its customers connected by providing unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on unlimited devices. iPass has millions of hotspots in more than 100 countries, at airports, hotels, train stations, convention centers, outdoor venues, inflight, and more. Using patented technology, iPass SmartConnect takes the guesswork out of Wi-Fi, automatically connecting customers to the best hotspot for their needs. Customers simply download the iPass app to experience unlimited, everywhere, and invisible Wi-Fi.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a global supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market, and lower overall costs.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 4,100 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 6,000 IFE systems and 1,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

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